8 Dreamy Overwater Bungalows In The Western Hemisphere


Overwater bungalows are what every person dreams are made of, but sadly many feel that the dreams will never become a reality. Between long and expensive flights and not enough time off, traveling to the Maldives or French Polynesia just may not be in the cards for some people.

Imagine the perfect wake up call. Warm sunshine kissing your face as the morning winds make their way through your open windows. You welcome the start of a new day with excitement as opposed to dread and no need for coffee and a shower, your morning routine is a jump from your porch into crystal clear water. How is that for perfect?

What if I told you that overwater bungalows exist in the Western Hemisphere also? Its true, paradise can be found in countries like Honduras, Panama, Mexico, Cuba, St. Lucia, Jamaica and many more. The need to travel half way across the world for a chance to sleep over the sea is gone and United Military Travel can get you there!


 1. Coral Lodge, Panama 

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Perhaps the most affordable overwater bungalow resort in the world, the Coral Lodge features just 6 overwater bungalows plus two restaurants and a spa. The lodge is a boutique resort in a secluded part of the San Blas Islands in Panama. If you are looking to truly escape the rat race this resort is for you as there are no TVs or internet, so a distraction free vacation is nearly guaranteed.

  • Low season online specials from US$345 per night
  • High season online specials from US$398 per night

2. Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge, Panama

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At Punta Caracol the 9 overwater bungalows all you to immersed in nature and escape the world because there are hardly any electronics here. The eco resort is powered by solar panels and TVs and entertainment systems are strictly banned to ensure the guests a full chance to unwind. The most attractive perk the Acqua Lodge offers is that breakfast and dinner are offered in the room rate, creating an almost all-inclusive style resort.

  • Low season online specials from US$350 per night
  • High season online specials from US$427 per night

3. Eclypse de Mar Aqua Lodge, Bocas del Toro Islands, Panama

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This eco-resort is located just a short boat ride away from the main town on Bocas del Toro in Panama, the Eclypse de Mar Resort has 6 overwater bungalows, two of which are Honeymoon Suites. Rooms here are more basic, like no air conditioner basic, but the price is also much lower as well so if you are searching for a “budget” overwater bungalow this is for you.

  • Low season online specials from US$275 per night
  • High season online specials from US$275 per night

4. Coco View Resort, Honduras

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This all-inclusive resort is located off Roatan Island offers 16 overwater bungalows and is all about scuba diving! The diving off Honduras is a world renowned and the resort offers surprisingly affordable package upgrades to include all-inclusive diving. Guests who sign up for that plan get two boat-diving sessions per day, plus unlimited 24/7 shore diving, all in an area famous for excellent underwater scenery.

  • Low season online specials from US$219 per night
  • High season online specials from US$253 per night

5. Thatch Caye Resort, Belize

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Located on a private island 9 miles from Dangriga in Belize, the Thatch Caye Resort is probably the closest thing to a Maldives-style complex anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. The all-inclusive resort never has more than 24 guests at any given time, the service and food is excellent and those with large groups will find comfortable accommodations here.  has 5 overwater cabanas which are perched just over the water’s edge, plus one huge Family Suite comprised of 2 bedroom cabanas and 1 living room/kitchenette cabana.

  • Low season online specials from US$297 per night
  • High season online specials from US$446 per night

6. St. George’s Caye Resort, Belize

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Just a short boat ride from Belize City itself, St. George’s Caye Resort is located on a mostly private island. Six of their 12 bungalows are located on a semi-circular pier, so they are over the water but also bunched together as well. This resort works on a mostly all-inclusive basis, with all food and even rum punch (one per day, per guest) included in the room rate, making it quite a good value when those are factored in.

  • Low season online specials from US$437 per night (including all meals for two guests)
  • High season online specials from US$437 per night (including all meals for two guests)

7. Glover’s Atoll Resort and Island Lodge, Belize

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While it calls itself a resort, most guests describe Glover’s Atoll as a private-island campground that has 8 overwater cabins as well. It’s located in a great diving and fishing area and it’s very cheap compared to any other “resort” on this list, but it’s cheap for a reason. None of the cabins have electricity, plus you have to share a bathroom with the others on the island. If you ever wanted to know what it would be like to deserted on a tropical island, this is it.

  • Low season online specials from US$45 per night
  • High season online specials from US$45 per night

8. Hotel Melia Caya Coco, Cuba

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If you aren’t to strict on the definition of “overwater bungalows” then consider Hotel Melia Cayo Coco. Each bungalow has 6 rooms, so it is similar to a floating motel if you will. Its 68 rooms are in 18 structures over its inland lagoon, just steps from the beach. It’s a bit dated, to say the least, but if you are legally able to go to Cuba then this might suit your needs well.

  • Low season online specials from US$252 per night
  • High season online specials from US$374 per night

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